Benguluru: Quinton de Kock 48-ball ton helped Delhi Daredevils beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets and five balls remaining in the IPL league match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.
Earlier, batting first, Bangalore set a formidable a formidable target of 192 to win, with skipper Virat Kohli (79 off 48 balls) and AB de Villiers (55 off 33 balls) scoring half centuries. Shane Watson also made a valuable contribution of 3 off 19 balls.
Chasing the target, Quinton de Cock played a superb innings, scoring 108 off 51 balls while Karun Nair made a half century (54 off 42 balls), giving Delhi their second win.
Quinton de Kock, who was Man-of-the-Match said, “I was hoping for one of these days to come. It was a good and had to capitalise when I could. It was fast outfield. I didn’t have to hit the big shots. One or two sixes were needed. When Karun came in, the plan was to build a partnership and we knew the boundary balls will come. I had been waiting for a chance like this. I haven't really been in this type of form and am just happy about it.”
Delhi Daredvils skipper Zaheer Khan said, “It was a special effort by Quinton and Karun. We knew this ground was high-scoring, but it was amazing the way they applied themselves in the middle,” he said.
“A special mention for Morris and Shami. We modified our plans in the game situation. I just told them to bowl back of a length. We wanted early wickets as RCB is top-heavy and at one point I was wondering if getting Gayle out was good.”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli said, “It’s tough to swallow. It could have been much closer in the end. Delhi batted well. Quinton de Kock was brilliant. Karun hung in there. I didn't get strike after Watson got out for eight balls. Shami and Morris executed their plans. It was tough to get the ball away and we thought it was tw0-paced wicket. No one stepped up today with the ball. It happens in cricket," Kohli says.